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Our Resident Grandmaster: Ben Finegold

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is excited to have GM Ben Finegold back as its Resident Grandmaster through the rest of May! Finegold’s unique style combined with an incredible depth of experience across all levels of chess has earned him an outstanding reputation as a superior trainer to children, amateurs and tournament players alike. 

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After One Round, May Knights Proves to be an Exciting Affair

Round 1- Results

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Paul Mechem Does it Again: Winning Knights for a Second Straight Month

Despite April featuring five Wednesdays -- and a bonus round of chess -- the monthly Knights Tournament featured a familiar winner. Paul Mechem (2000) put together back-to-back Knights Tournament victories, first taking March and now winning April with a score of 4.5/5. Over the past two months, Mechem has stacked up an impressive 8.5/9 points with performance rating of 2226. April was also a good month for Jason Clark (1839) and Kyle Neese (1305), who shared second place with 3.5/5 points.

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GM Ramirez Defends the Saint Louis Open!

By Alejandro Ramirez

Every tournament has its favorites. Even in tournaments as strong as the 2015 U.S. Chess Championship -- where each of its 12 participants were grandmasters -- there were clearly a few standouts who seemed more likely to take the throne. This was also the case at the Saint Louis Open on April 17-19 – but as with every good tournament, there were many, many surprises from the get go. 

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Inaugural Grand Chess Tour Unveiled In Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (April 24, 2015) – After two editions, the Sinquefield Cup had already proved itself as the gold standard of global chess tournaments. For 2015, the Saint Louis, MO super-tournament will find itself in good company.

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Garry Kasparov vs. Nigel Short, Live at the CCSCSL April 24-26

SAINT LOUIS (April 7, 2015) – World chess legends Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short will meet later this month for the first Battle of the Legends exhibition match, to be held in Saint Louis, the Chess Capital of the United States.

On April 25-26, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and famed English Grandmaster Nigel Short will play a series of blitz and rapid games at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), rekindling the duo’s match at the 1993 World Chess Championship.

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Our Resident Master: Aviv Friedman

One of the elements that sets the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis as one of the nation’s premier chess facilities is our constant rotation of Resident Grandmasters -- though this time, we’re making a very special exception.

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Musings of a Resident GM: Yasser Talks 2015 Championships

Dear Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis members,The 2015 U.S. Chess Championships, the nation’s premiere event, is less than three weeks away and everything is in a state of meticulous, carefully staged preparation.

That is: Chaos reigns at the Chess Club.

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Musings of a Resident GM: Yasser is a Man of Principles!

Dear members of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis,

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Coryea Sweeps February Knights; March Registration Open

February’s inclement weather resulted in an unusually high number of half-point bye requests in the early rounds of February’s Wednesday Knights Tournament -- thought it wasn’t enough to stop Knights regular Daniel Coryea (1800), who braved the conditions each week to collect a perfect 4/4 score.

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